installed programs won't work

Posted on 2006-05-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Recently I upgraded from W98SE to Windows 2000 Pro. Most everything seems to be fine with the upgrade. There are two problems that I can't seem to resolve.

[1] I'm the administrator and have an account set up for myself also as administrator. I can do all of the things necessary as administrator. I log in as administrator to load new programs, etc. The problem seems to be if I install a new program and type in the serial number (or whatever), the program says that it is now registered. I run it and all works fine. The next time I run the program it is unregistered again. I can go through the same process without success. Rebooting makes no difference.

[2] I did have on the pc a FTP program but since I upgraded to W2K the program didn't work. I uninstalled it and put on a newer version. I had to put in the sites I need to use the FTP on. Now I get a bad password notice (they worked before - typed in the same info as before).  
On one site I maintain the password was changed by the server in an update on their side. So, I changed the password on the FTP program. The program shows the new password but sends out the old one.

I am totally puzzled and at a loss.
Can anyone give a fix or an idea what to do?

Thanks in advance,
Question by:Bayline
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    You probably won't want to hear this but upgrading directly from Win98 to Win2k leaves you (in my experience which is reasonable) with one bug ridden pc that's always going to be flaky. The re-install from scratch (if you can do it) will be well worth the couple of hours spent as opposed to the hassle you'll have with this pc over the long-term. Any chance you'd consider this approach?
    Deb :)

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    I've thought about it but simply have not had the time or energy. I'm recovering from surgery after being assaulted. Head trauma, etc. That's another issue.

    I was lucky to get as far as I have thus far. Perhaps I'll try that in a couple of weeks when I'm a little clearer.

    Thanks for you response.
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    Oh gosh - I am really sorry to hear that! Am very glad though to hear that you're recovering. You sound like you're in the US?
    If you're anywhere near Birmingham UK I'd re-install the thing for you. Can't promise to help with this one myself but that doesn't mean there isn't a fix. Have you got anything in your event logs ?  

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    Thanks! I'm in Florida. The 'nature' of the job. If they ever allow me to go back to work it won't be for long. I see 65 in a few months.

    Would I be safe in deleteing or uninstalling Windows 98 and the Win 98 uninstall files

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    Debsyl99 - you were right. Buggy and flaky aren't the words for it. Yesterday morning there was one big crash. I couldn't do anything - the only option was to reformat C: and start clean.
    I was told a couple of hours to do this - when you are doing dial-up plan on more than a couple of hours.
    OS now updated, running fine and I'm re-installing my programs and accessories.
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    Sorry but once you're up again you won't regret it. Don't forget to close this question though.
    All the best,
    Deb :))

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